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CollegeFootballNews: Maryland 2023 Preview

After an all-time rough run at New Mexico and a tough start at Maryland, head coach Mike Locksley is delivering. Of course nothing is easy in a division with Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State, but the Terps have found their niche. Win the games that can be won, and at least push hard in the uphill climb battles. So what has Maryland done to come up with back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2013-2014, and with the 15 wins over the span the most since 2002-2003? Talent. It’s coming in. Everything is still building, and it’s still going to take a little while for the program to be more of a factory, but Maryland had five players taken in the 2023 NFL Draft, and that doesn’t even count a few stars from last year - especially at receiver - who’ll likely make the free agent cut. That doesn’t necessarily mean everything - Northwestern had four players drafted in April - but in this case it’s a sign that things are working.

Locksley has always been a great recruiter who was a half-step ahead of his time. He’s perfect for the new world of the transfer portal and with NIL now a part of the deal, and it shows by loading up with a slew of nice, new, proven parts to fill in. This year’s team should be very, very dangerous. No, there’s not enough to win the Big Ten East, and there are still massive issues that need to be worked on - penalties, both lines, pass protection, pass rush, more penalties - but again, it’s working.




HuskerOnline:  Maryland Spring Preview

Gerbo: “I think Maryland will be bowl eligible by the time they get to Nebraska for Veteran’s Day on the road in Lincoln. I’m worried because it comes off of the home game against Penn State the week prior. They’ve only beaten Penn State three times in their history and not since joining the Big Ten.”

“So, how do they look on the road for the longest trip they make in the conference right now? After playing a physical opponent and a game they consider a rival but maybe Penn State doesn’t consider a rival.”

“I would be worried for the Terps after that type of ‘rivalry game’ having to go on the road to a Nebraska team that by that point probably has its feet under it and has an identity that late in the season.”

2023 win-loss expectation for Maryland

Gerbo: “Unfortunately for Mike Locksley it probably looks pretty similar to last season where they win eight games and a bowl game. They are getting closer to the Ohio States and the Michigans and the Penn States of the world.”

“They should have beaten one of them last year. Got shut out at Penn State but the other two games were close. I don’t think that they trip up either of those three. So, it puts them back in the same place in bowl-eligible territory with seven or eight wins and competing in a game in late December.”

“Even though nobody will say it as of yet, if you are a Maryland coach or even a Maryland fan, you are rooting on the expected realignment in the Big Ten sooner rather than later. So, you don’t have to continue to play all of these teams in the currently constructed Big Ten East year after year after year.”




Athlon: #41 Maryland Preview & Prediction

Maryland's 8-5 record in 2022 marked the best season of coach Mike Locksley's tenure in College Park. But the Terrapins still have a significant gap to close to Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State in the Big Ten East Division, and some of the team's preseason concerns won't make for an easy jump in wins for '23. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa returns as one of the Big Ten's top signal-callers, with transfers Kaden Prather (West Virginia) and Tyrese Chambers (FIU) likely to fill the void as the go-to options at receiver. With four new starters, the offensive line ranks high on Locksley's list of concerns. Maryland still needs more improvement on defense, but with only five starters returning, this group will be a work in progress.




Maryland Football Schedule 2023: Game Predictions

2023 CFN Preseason Prediction: 7-5
Sept 2 Towson W
Sept 9 Charlotte W
Sept 16 Virginia W
Sept 23 at Michigan State L
Sept 30 Indiana W
Oct 7 at Ohio State L
Oct 14 Illinois W
Oct 28 at Northwestern W
Nov 4 Penn State L
Nov 11 at Nebraska L
Nov 18 Michigan L
Nov 25 at Rutgers W





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On 10/8/2023 at 10:07 AM, Kayvan said:

Still a winnable game in Lincoln. 

I don’t understand why people would laugh at this statement. Maryland has beat up on some of the worst teams in college football, ended up getting killed by Ohio State, and are now struggling with Illinois. It’s in Lincoln and very possible that we’re riding a four game win streak when it happens. 

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